Southgate urges Boro focus
Gareth Southgate has urged his Middlesbrough players not to be affected by the changes at Tottenham.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 02/11/07 6:34am
Gareth Southgate has urged his Middlesbrough players not to be affected by the changes at Tottenham ahead of the Premier League clash between the two sides on Saturday.
Juande Ramos has been appointed as Spurs manager this week and will be hoping to pull his team clear of trouble quickly.
Boro are just one place above Tottenham after an equally disappointing start to the season, and Southgate feels it is crucial to take something from the game at The Riverside.
"Their manager has changed but the players are the same," Southgate told Sky Sports News.
"He (Ramos) won't have spent much time on the training ground with them, so if they get a lift it will be because the players want to prove a point.
"But that can go either way. Some players will feel they have a new chance, some players will feel they will be on their way.
"Whatever Tottenham do is up to them, but we have to stay focused on what we're about."
Aliadiere in confident mood
Boro forward Jeremie Aliadiere believes it is a good time to face Tottenham before Ramos is able to work his magic.
He explained: "It's going to be a very difficult game. We need to win on Saturday before they start to play really well.
"They are a good team and they've got good players, even if they are not in a good situation at the moment like us."